Tuesday 11 March 2014

Must-See Geek Movies: Four Faves Arriving 2014

by Marla Desat

Geeks, get out your popcorn! Here's four great geeky movies coming to theatres in 2014.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Release Date: April 4
Captain America is adjusting to modern life, but in the sequel to his 2011 big-screen debut the all-American hero will face a threat from the past – the Winter Soldier, a Soviet agent. The Winter Solider seems bent on taking down S.H.I.E.L.D., the paranormal and superhuman espionage and law-enforcement agency of the Marvel universe. Trailers for the film suggest that it will tackle some very relevant modern questions about the lengths that governments and agencies should go to in the name of the freedom. For me, the big draw is Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, who has a major role in the film. Marvel has announced that a standalone Black Widow movie is in development, and The Winter Solider will supply some more of her backstory.

Watch the trailer here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SlILk2WMTI

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Release Date: June 13
Vikings are back riding dragons in the sequel to the adorable 2010 animated film How to Train Your Dragon from Dreamworks. Hiccup and Toothless once again find themselves in a battle to keep peace on the island of Berk. The first film was a box office success and a hit with kids and geeks of all ages. Plus, the film is one of the only movies I can think of with a protagonist that has a physical disability. The original is packed with positive messages – overcoming adversity, creative problem solving, and peaceful coexistence – and the sequel looks ready to champion those messages again.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Release Date: August 1
Okay, I know - who are these alien superheroes, and why should I care? The Guardians of the Galaxy are one of Marvel's stranger super teams, and they spend their time dealing with all the bizarre interstellar stuff that the mainstream comic books only touch on – the Shi'ar, the Kree, and god-like beings like Thanos, who was teased in the the after-credits scene for The Avengers. Even if you've never heard of Rocket Racoon or the sentient alien tree Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy looks like a fun, ridiculous space-romp with a stellar (heh, heh) cast and crew. Writer and director James Gunn, best known for his 2006 horror-comedy Slither, looks like a great fit.

The Boxtrolls – Release Date: September 26 
Based Alan Snow's children's novel 'Here be Monsters', The Boxtrolls tells the story of an orphaned young boy raised by cave-dwelling, trash-collecting trolls. When Archibald Snatcher, an evil exterminator, comes along and tries to get rid of the trolls, the boy must come up out of the sewers to save his family. The stop-motion animated film is from Laika Entertainment, the studio behind Coraline and Paranorman. The incredible artistry that goes into making a stop-motion film, and the adorable boxy trolls, makes this a must-see for me.

Marla Desat is a recent University of Waterloo grad living and working in Ottawa. When she isn't playing the latest video games, she's geeking out over comic books, board games, tabletop roleplaying games and science. Marla also writes for The Escapist as a freelance news writer. You can follow her on Twitter @mrdesat.

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